Blue Jays-Rays: Toronto Wins Seventh Straight in Shaun Marcum's Return
Another gamble, another success for manager Cito Gaston. After sending Jesse Litsch down to the minors for having problems throwing his fastball with confidence and having success, Gaston sent down Marcum for having control problems.
It seems to have worked, as Marcum threw amazingly well in a 7-4, thirteen inning win for the Jays. It was Marcum's first start since being in the minors and the Jays' seventh straight victory, their longest winning streak since 2002.
Marcum was kept from earning the victory by closer B.J. Ryan, who allowed Tampa Bay to tie the game in the ninth, giving up three runs. It was Ryan's fourth blown save of the season.
He started off the inning by hitting Carlos Pena with the first pitch he threw. Pinch-hitter Rocco Baldelli followed by nailing a 2-2 offering into the second deck in left field for a two-run homer that cut Toronto's lead to 3-2.
Later in the inning, a fielding error by second baseman Joe Inglett allowed pinch-runner Fernando Perez to score from second to tie the score, 3-3.
The Jays were able to get their runs early on in the game, scoring in the first, second and fourth innings. Rios started it off with a run-scoring double and Lyle Overbay hit two solo home runs.
The Jays had to use eight relievers today; all of them were able to hold off the Rays until the 13th inning. After Shaun Camp gave up a run, Brian Tallet came in to close off the inning and he set the stage for the victory.
Vernon Wells and Brad Wilkerson came through big time with back-to-back one out singles. Rolen was then walked with two outs to bring up catcher Gregg Zaun. Zaun swung at the first pitch he saw and did he ever connect. The ball sailed over the right field fence and put the Jays nine games over 500, the best they have been all season.
Up next: David Purcey (2-5) goes for a series sweep against Matt Garza (11-8).
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